Heckmondwike and Wakefield take College crowns
South Craven 16 v 36 Heckmondwike
A hard tackling and strong running South Craven side were unable to defeat tough opposition in the Champion schools plate final.
South Craven took an early advantage when Jamie Pickles crashed through the defence and sprinted 65 metres to cross the whitewash.
This was soon followed by a low crossfield kick by scrum half Jonny Wilkinson that was caught over the line by Jamie Stephenson.
Heckmondwike came back strong with great attacking play by Phil Heath gaining territory before hooker Fergus Emmerson crashed over from dummy half.
Scores were leveled at 12-12 when Emmerson stepped the defence to score his second of the match.
Heckmondwike scored again with a great team passing move before South Craven again kicked across field, this time Nathan Gennery collecting to level the scores at half time.
Heckmondwike came out fired up in the second period.
Scrum half Jack martin opened the scoring with a scoot from the scrum, looping the defence in the process.
Another good passing display by Heckmondwike put Jack Allerton away in the corner.
Not long after David Barratt powered his way over the defence.
The game was sealed in the final minutes when a great break and team passing move sent winger Carl Foulstone over.
Hull College 28 v 40 Wakefield College
A fantastic final had both sets of fans on edge as a closely fought match saw the lead taken from Hull College’s grasp in the dying minutes.
Hull opened the scoring when centre Tom Saltmer darted over in the right corner.
Wakefield immediately replied with a great solo effort by Tom Rodgers.
An inspirational performance from hooker Khyle Black saw him cross from three yards to re-gain Hull the advantage.
Wakefield were undeterred and good defensive play by Ryan Parker and Aidan Wood saw Hull struggle to break down the middle of the park.
Wakefield scored again soon after when Casey Canterbury scooted over from short range.
Hull however went in half time leaders after good passing put Tom Saltmer in at the corner for his second of the evening.
The second half was just as lively as Wakefield came back through a break from Jamie Crowther.
Hull soon replied with a great individual effort by Khyle Black for his second of the game.
Immediately from the return kick-off Wakefield retrieved the ball.
Good team passing eventually landed in the hands of Ryan Thurston who powered his way to the line.
A defiant Hull team again came back again after a charge down saw speedy centre Ben rowan collect the ball and sprint 70m to score.
In this intense battle Casey Canterbury for Wakefield then managed to create space for himself to sneak over for his second.
An unlucky Hull team were finally subdued five minutes from time by a second try from Rodgers and a powerful drive by Ash Chapman.